It’s Jessica’s 34 Birthday! Have an amazing day Jessica, you deserve best! Love you! :-)
Happy Valentine’s Day to Jessica & Eric, CaCee & Donald, Stephanie & Jacques and ALL of you Jessica fans & friends! Much love xoxo
Merry Christmas everyone! My cable was down all day yesterday so I couldn’t post earlier, anyway hope everyone’s having an amazing time! xoxo
Celebrity trainer and PEOPLE.com blogger Harley Pasternak give his top 5 tips for a healthy, happy Thanksgiving. Plus, he shares some holiday recipes from some of his star clients like Jessica Simpson and Megan Fox.
Turkey, stuffing, corn bread, cranberry sauce, apple pie, sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping: Thanksgiving has gone from being a day when we give thanks for everything we have, to a day when we EAT everything we have!
Studies show that people can eat between 3,000 to 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving alone, which is, of course, a lot more than necessary on a generally sedentary day.
While I completely support treating yourself on Thanksgiving, I encourage you to be at least somewhat mindful about what you consume. Studies show that people tend to gain 5 to 7 lbs. between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I don’t want your health and fitness goals to be set back because of what’s supposed to be a joyous holiday.
Let this Thanksgiving be the first one in which the turkey – and not you – is the thing getting stuffed!
5 Tips for Making Thanksgiving Healthier
1. Walk it out!
The morning of Thanksgiving, go for a brisk walk. If you’re traveling to Thanksgiving dinner, park your car a few blocks away and walk the extra distance. After dinner, get some fresh air and walk around the block. Before you know it, you will have taken a few extra thousand steps, burned off your dessert and helped your digestion!
2. Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch
Filling up on “good calories” on Thanksgiving is key in controlling your appetite come dinnertime. Showing up ravenous to Thanksgiving dinner is never a good idea.
3. Exercise portion control
I know some think this is Thanksgiving sacrilege, but honestly portion control is the name of the game. First, start with a smaller plate. Smaller plates equal smaller portions. Next, follow the 3:2:1 rule: 3 parts veggies, 2 parts protein, 1 part whole grains.
4. Lose the booze!
Not only is alcohol almost twice as calorically dense as carbohydrates and protein, but your body stops burning fat as efficiently when you drink!
5. Take your time
I always say, life’s too short not to enjoy yourself on special days, and Thanksgiving dinner is definitely one of them! So go ahead and cut yourself a piece of mom’s pecan pie – but instead of shoveling it in your mouth, slow down and enjoy each bite.
Try Some of My Clients’ Thanksgiving Recipes
Jessica Simpson’s Broccoli Rice Casserole
The truth is that my client Jessica Simpson – who is looking amazing these days! – loves using Cheese Whiz. But I modified her recipe and substituted real light cheddar cheese to make this holiday casserole more healthy.
• 2 (10 ounce) boxes frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
• 2 cups cooked rice
• 8 ounces shredded lite cheddar cheese
• 2 (10¾ ounce) cans cream of chicken soup. Or you use 1 can each of cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup
• 1 small onion, chopped
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• Cook onion in oil in a large skillet until soft.
• Add remaining ingredients and cook just until cheese is melted.
• Put in 2 quart casserole dish.
• Bake at 350 (uncovered) for 1 hour.
To make ahead and freeze: Mix all ingredients together (start with your rice cooked, not raw) and spoon into two or even three smaller casserole dishes, cover, label and freeze. If you thaw overnight, just cook for one hour. If cooking from frozen state, add 10 minutes or so, check for doneness.
Source: People.com, thanks to Reesa!
I wanted to let you know my friend Stephen just launched a new Ashlee Simpson fansite! It’s amazing I think and I would like to share it with you. Click below to visit http://notimefortears.net :)
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads! Among them new dad Eric Johnson and the dad of 2 amazing daughters Joe Simpson! Have an amazing day! :)
Today is one of the worst days of my life: I had to say goodbye to my beloved dog Bianca, a 9-year-old English Bullterrier that I’ve always dreamed to have. She was the best dog: loving, funny and cheerful… I was hoping we could save her but unfortunately her condition was getting worse and worse every day (kidney failure and probably cancer, although undiagnosed). She was fading so quickly and it was best to put her out of her pain and misery. The house is so empty without her, I’ve been crying for hours and hours and the pain of her being gone is so overwhelming :(
Goodbye to my best little beloved friend, see you on the other side, I love and miss you so much! :( :( :( :( :(
The Fashion Star videos will be delayed, I apologise.
I’ve always been strangely interested in the story of Titanic and its sinking on April 14 1912 – exactly 100 years ago today. I’ve been watching the Titanic week on National Geographic Channel like a crazy person, lol. And of course the famous movie by James Cameron “Titanic” is one of my all time favorites (I own a special 4DVD edition yes I’m a fan!). I was shocked that some of the people on twitter didn’t know that the story of Titanic was actually true and not just a movie! Do your research people!
Anyway, thinking about the ship and all the people who died… and the fact that in 100 years the wreck will probably be gone for good :(
Have you seen the “Titanic” movie by James Cameron? I remembered seeing it in the cinema when it first came out. I can’t wait to see it again in 3D! :)
Happy Easter! I’ve been so caught up in Spring cleaning and some baking today, the fam comes over tomorrow to celebrate Easter with us :) All the best for all of you! Have a great Easter :)
If you would like to try Jessica’s favorite Slutty Brownies check out the recipe below! This is from WhatsGabyCooking.com :)
Yield: 1 9×9 brownie pan
Serving Size: 16 brownies per recipe
For the Brownie layer:
10 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup AP flour
For the Oreo layer:
1 package of Oreo (regular stuffed or double stuffed)
For the Cookie Dough layer:
1 cup unsalted butter (at room temp)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup AP flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the Brownie layer:
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted. Whisk to combine and remove from heat. Add the salt, vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside.
For the Cookie Dough layer:
Cream together the butter and sugars in a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Set dough aside.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan with tin foil and then spray the tin foil with a layer of baking spray.
Layer 1/2 of the cookie dough on the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom of the slutty brownies. Reserve the remaining cookie dough to be used to make cookies later in the day.
Layer as many oreos that will fit on top of the cookie dough. No need to overlap. One single layer will do.
Pour the brownie batter on top of the oreo layer and make sure it’s evenly layers on top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Test with a knife to see if the center is done. If the knife comes out clean, let the brownies rest before serving. If the knife comes out with batter still on it, allow the brownies to bake about 5 minutes more.
Serve with ice cream :)
I really recommend the website for some amazing recipes and cooking tips!
There are 2 Jessica related giveaways at RachaelRayShow.com at the moment: one is for the BeautyMint system and the other for diamond heart pendant! To participate you have to be a member and US resident. Click here to learn more and enter. Good luck! :)
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As I recently informed you JessicaSimpson.com and JessicaSimpsonCollection.com merged recently and now JessicaSimpson.com has yet another look – which includes a cute welcome video from Jessica! I’m loving this :) Head over there to check it out!
I’m sure you’re aware of the BFF Sweepstakes on Facebook where best friends entered to win some Jessica Simpson fine jewelry! One of the entries is by my friend Amanda and her twin! If you can and are willing to I’d like to ask you to vote for them and help them win – unless you have other faves of course! Please consider Amanda and if you want vote HERE.
I would love to win this for my twin sister, Amanda. You will never meet a bigger Jessica Simpson fan. She has been a fan since Jessica was on the HEAT IT UP TOUR. Since Jessica is so open with her fans, her personal life is anything but that & for that I thank her. Her ability to bounce back from heartbreak has been so inspiring to my sister when she really needed it most. When Jessica was going through her divorce, my sister was going through a difficult breakup. When Jessica lost her dog in an unfortunate accident, my sister too lost her dog (who meant the world to her) in an unfortunate accident. She saw Jessica grow strength from these negative times in her life & it helped her get through her own. My sister is the best person I have ever met or will ever meet in my life, far better than I am. She is the most kind, giving, compassionate person who always sees the best in everyone. She has had some tough luck along the way & I wonder how someone who is so unselfish in a world of greed deserves anything short of happiness (and in this case, a Jessica Simpson necklace that she would probably never take off!). I do not know how to begin to thank her for all that she has done for me. Thank you so much for the chance to give back to a very deserving person!
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! :)
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